A 59-year-old man who admits to a thrill in watching women going to the toilet, left a victim humiliated after she caught him spying on her in a hotel bathroom.
Galway District Court heard Vincent Moran with an address of Riveroaks, Claregalway, Co. Galway pleaded guilty to engaging in deliberately offensive conduct of a sexual nature in a public place at the Ardilaun Hotel in Salthill, Galway on February 16th, 2019.
The Irish Times today reports that it was his second such offense. The woman was attending a wedding and went into a cubicle in the women’s toilet at around 11.30pm.
She noticed a hole in the wall adjoining the next cubicle and to her dismay and shock, there was an eye staring back at her through the hole.
The court heard Moran left and got into a taxi outside the hotel, but the woman’s partner took a photo of him before he departed after she informed him what she had experienced.
Moran was tracked down and admitted going into women’s bathroom “for the thrill of watching women going to the toilet”.
Moran’s solicitor, told the woman that he wanted to apologise. He said a psychological report suggested there are “risk factors present to place my client in the medium to high risk category for further offending”.
The report states that Moran suffers from “chronic feelings of loneliness and low self-esteem” and was willing to get treatment.
The Judge said she had a duty to protect the public when imposing a four-month sentence.
He was granted leave to appeal on his own surety of €100 and an independent surety of €200.The bail money was paid and Moran will await an appeal hearing at the Circuit Court.